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Big Policeman

Author: J. North Conway
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 076277732X
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The remarkable career of one of America’s greatest detectives—a story of murder, mayhem, and intrigue Philip Marlowe, Dirty Harry, and even Law & Order—none of these would exist as they do today were it not for the legendary career of nineteenth-century New York City cop Thomas Byrnes. From 1854 to 1895, Byrnes rose through the ranks of the city’s police department to become one of the most celebrated detectives in American history, a larger-than-life figure who paved the way for modern-day police methods, both good and bad. During the age of Gangs of New York, Byrnes solved many of the most sensational and high-profile cases in the city and the country. He captured Manhattan’s Jack the Ripper copy-cat killer; solved the murder of prostitute Maude Merrill, who was killed by her jealous lover—her own uncle; solved the largest bank heist in American history; arrested anarchist Emma Goldman for inciting a riot in Union Square; and accomplished much more. For both good and ill, according to the New York Times, Byrnes “shaped not just the New York City Detective Bureau but the template for detective work . . . in every modern American metropolis.” He not only pioneered crime scene investigation, but also perfected the brutal interrogation process called “the third degree.” He revolutionized the gathering of evidence and was the first to use mug shots and keep criminal records. But when Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt investigated the corruption that had plagued the department for decades, the man one prominent journalist had dubbed the “big policeman” was forced to resign. Bringing the Gilded Age to life as he did in his acclaimed King of Heists: The Sensational Bank Robbery of 1878 That Shocked America, J. North Conway narrates in thrilling, vivid detail the crimes, murders, corruption, and gritty police work associated with the father of the American detective.

American Detective

Author: Thomas A. Reppetto
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 1640120599
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From the Roaring Twenties to the 1970s detectives reigned supreme in police departments across the country. In this tightly woven slice of true crime reportage, Thomas A. Reppetto offers a behind-the-scenes look into some of the most notable investigations to occur during the golden age of the detective in American criminal justice. From William Burns, who during his heyday was known as America’s Sherlock Holmes, to Thad Brown, who probed the notorious Black Dahlia murder in Los Angeles, to Elliott Ness, who cleaned up the Cleveland police but failed to capture the “Mad Butcher” who decapitated at least a dozen victims, American Detective offers an indelible portrait of the famous sleuths and investigators who played a major role in cracking some of the most notorious criminal cases in U.S. history. Along the way Reppetto takes us deep inside the detective bureaus that were once the nerve centers behind crime-fighting on the streets of America’s great cities, including the FBI itself, under the direction of America’s “top cop,” J. Edgar Hoover. According to Reppetto, detectives were once able watchdogs until their role in policing became diluted by patrol strategies ranging from “stop and frisk” to community policing. Reppetto argues against these current policing systems and calls for a return to the primacy of the detective in criminal investigations.

The Santa Claus Man

Author: Alex Palmer
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493018906
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The true story of John Duval Gluck, Jr., who in 1913 founded the Santa Claus Association, which had the sole authority to answer Santa's mail in New York City. He ran the organization for 15 years, gaining fame for making the myth of Santa a reality to poor children by arranging for donors to deliver the toys they requested, until a crusading charity commissioner exposed Gluck as a fraud. The story is wide in scope, interweaving a phony Boy Scout group, kidnapping, stolen artwork, and appearances by the era's biggest stars and New York City’s most famous landmarks. The book is both a personal story and a far-reaching historical one, tracing the history of Christmas celebration in America and the invention of Santa Claus.

Bag Of Bones

Author: J. North Conway
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762785144
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Completing J. North Conway’s widely acclaimed trilogy of Gilded Age New York City Crime—following King of Heists and The Big Policeman—Bag of Bones combines the era’s affluence, decadence, and corruption with a gruesome deed fit for the tabloids of today. In 1878, the body of multi-millionaire A. T. Stewart was stolen from St. Mark’s Churchyard. The ghoulish crime, the chase for the culprits, the years-long ransom negotiations, and the demise of the Stewart retail empire fed a media frenzy. When the widow Stewart eventually exchanged $20,000 for a burlap bag of bones on a country road, not everyone was convinced that the remains were truly those of “The Merchant Prince of Manhattan,” the department store pioneer who had risen from the flood of Irish immigration to a place alongside names like Astor, Vanderbilt, and Rockefeller. As Bag of Bones details the futile tactics used by police to identify the grave robbers, it also unveils the villainy of Judge Henry Hilton, the Stewart family advisor who not only interfered in the case repeatedly but also dismantled a once-great business empire . . . all the while profiting quite nicely. By the end of this fascinating slice of history, one is left to wonder who displayed the greater evil: the grave robbers or Judge Hilton.

Nichts Ist Okay

Author: Brendan Kiely
Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag
ISBN: 3423430400
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Zwei Stimmen, zwei Autoren, schwarz und weiß.. Eigentlich wollte Rashad nur eine Tüte Chips kaufen, doch kaum hat er den Laden betreten, wird er von einem Polizisten brutal niedergeschlagen. Beobachtet hat den Vorfall ein anderer Junge: Quinn, der ausgerechnet mit der Familie des Angreifers befreundet ist. Rashad ist schwarz, der Polizist weiß. Ein weiterer rassistischer Übergriff? Wie so viele? Rashad landet im Krankenhaus, und Quinn steht zwischen den Fronten. Er muss sich entscheiden: Tritt er als Zeuge auf und wird zum Verräter? Oder hält er den Mund und schweigt zu Diskriminierung und Gewalt. Derweil organisieren Rashads Freunde eine Demonstration gegen Rassismus und Polizeiwillkür. Eine Stadt gerät in Ausnahmezustand. Und zwei Jugendliche mittendrin.

Vollendet Die Flucht

Author: Neal Shusterman
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3733651030
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Sie sagen, dass du weiterlebst. Sie lügen. Connor, 16 Jahre alt und ständiger Unruhestifter, hat es längst geahnt, doch nun steht es fest: Er soll umgewandelt werden. Seine Eltern haben seinen Körper vollständig zur Organspende freigegeben. Und zwar nicht erst nach seinem Tod. Sondern sofort. Risa ist in einem Waisenhaus aufgewachsen und darf nicht länger auf Kosten des Staates leben. Auch sie soll umgewandelt werden. Als ihre Wege sich unerwartet treffen, müssen Connor und Risa sich blitzschnell entscheiden - Flucht oder Umwandlung? Können sie dem System entkommen, das Jagd auf Menschen wie sie macht? Band 1 der brisant-brillanten »Vollendet«-Serie

Eliot Ness

Author: Douglas Perry
Publisher: Viking Adult
ISBN: 9780670025886
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A wide-ranging portrait of the legendary leader of the Untouchables traces his years after his famous confrontation with Al Capone, documenting his efforts to end corruption in Cleveland and his achievements throughout the Torso Murderer case.

Meine Seele So Kalt

Author: Clare Mackintosh
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 3732514773
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Ein regnerischer Abend in Bristol. Der 5-jährige Jacob ist mit seiner Mutter auf dem Weg nach Hause, plötzlich reißt er sich los und stürmt auf die Straße. Das Auto, das wie aus dem Nichts erscheint und ihn erfasst, ist ebenso schnell wieder verschwunden. Für den kleinen Jungen kommt jede Hilfe zu spät. Jenna Gray flieht vor den Ereignissen in die Einsamkeit eines walisischen Dorfes. Aber die Trauer um ihr Kind und die Erinnerungen lassen sie selbst dort nicht los. Schon bald ist sie sich sicher, dass nicht nur die Vergangenheit sie erbarmungslos verfolgt ...